NICOLE 20th ANNIVERSARY NETWORK MEETING
Looking back, at the Future
Stepping into the new era of land and resource stewardship!
2- 4 November 2016, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This year the NICOLE network celebrates its twenty-year anniversary. It was founded in 1996 as an EU funded concerted action and nowadays it is a self-sustaining, vibrant network that supports safe and cost effective solutions for the management of industrially contaminated land.
Back in 2006, at the tenth anniversary of NICOLE, the question was raised as to how far off Europe was from the ultimate goal of making the management of contaminated land on industrial sites an obsolete business. At the time, the consensus was that the projected route to achieving this goal would be by implementing technology and management practices that deal with existing pollution cost-effectively and prevent new contamination. Another important conclusion from the 2006 Workshop was that NICOLE has been, and continues to be, a successful network; the vast majority of its membership considered at the time that whilst NICOLE had achieved much success, there was still a lot more to do.
Moving forwards to the present day, we have dealt with a large number of problems over the years and arguably, some would say we have started to close the gap on achieving the longstanding objective of making contaminated land management an obsolete business at some stage in future. However, as we continue to pursue this ultimate objective, there is an increasing need to move the sector towards a more-knowledge based and sustainable practice.
With the above in mind, whilst so much has been achieved in the 20 years since NICOLE was formed, the Amsterdam 20 year Workshop will aim to explore what is still needed for future contaminated land management in terms of land stewardship, best practice and knowledge development and transfer. Land stewardship will focus on management and protection of the values of land by sustainable practices. How we use and manage land should not affect nature nor the ability to sustain biodiversity and provide ecosystem services. Therefore, land management needs to focus on sustainable use of natural capital and resources. Our commitment to land stewardship in industrial areas’ includes managing and monitoring contaminated land and any other environmental matters to ensure the land can be effectively and efficiently used and / or returned to another use for long-term sustainable development of towns and cities. This also entails a continued effort to prevent new contamination. Sustainable practices are becoming more and more a daily practice but research and dissemination is still needed and it is in this regard that NICOLE can play a big role, both now and in the future.
In the Workshop, important stakeholders from the industry, EU Commission, Dutch Ministry of Environment and former chairs of NICOLE will give their view on what has been achieved and what are the challenges for the future in terms of land stewardship, best practice and knowledge development and transfer.
Andrea Vettori - Deputy Head of Unit at European Commission
DG Environment Unit ENV.D1 Land Use & Management
Willem Peter de Ridder Futurist speaker at Futuresstudies
Ruud Cino - Head of unit soil and subsurface at the directorate for soil and water policy, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment of the Netherlands
CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE:
Laurent Bakker – TAUW (NL) Chair
Lucia Buvé – Umicore (BE)
Arthur de Groof – SWECO (NL)
Rick Parkman – AECOM (UK)
Phil Crowcroft – ERM (UK)
Paul van Riet – Dow Benelux (NL)
Thomas Held – Arcadis (DE)
Tomás Albergaria – Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (Pt)
More information can be obtained at the NICOLE Network Secretariat, Nan Su